Reading through the entries for the Saucony 26Strong marathon team has been amazing. Literally, I wish I could pick all of you, or have a blog post monthly where you all shared these types of stories – it’s so motivating and inspiring to me. I don’t love the word INSPIRE as silly as that sounds. It’s a word that I overuse and that I think is overused in general – but you women really truly are inspirational.
There is something I would like to say to all of you though…..
YOU CAN RUN A MARATHON.
Believe it to be possible and it will happen.
Marathon running is not something that is available to a select few who have been genetically gifted. No all of us can’t be Shalane and most of us can’t even be Katie but the rest of us CAN complete a marathon.
The difference between someone you know who is a marathoner and you is that – that person confronted their fears and just did it. Is it going to be easy? Probably not. Can you do it? YES.
I will forever remember running my first marathon and looking around at the men and women who were beside me and ahead of me and thinking – holy heck – that person is running a marathon – they are really doing it – why did I think I couldn’t do this? Why at mile 20 am I doubting myself when it doesn’t look like these people are?
You read these types of statements in magazines frequently – ANYONE CAN DO IT – or your friend says IF I CAN RUN A MARATHON – YOU CAN DO IT.
Here’s the thing…these cheesy statements exist and are repeated over and over again because they are TRUE.
I am no different than you.
My story is the same as thousands of others. I was overweight, depressed, and unhappy with my life. I found myself through running but it didn’t stop there – I still have to find myself. I sometimes find myself in physical or emotional situations I don’t want to be in and running still pulls me out of them each and every single time. Running has never given up on me so I won’t give up on it.
I can only pick one wannabe marathoner, but I sincerely hope all of you who have commented that you want 2014 to be your year even though you are afraid, nervous or what-not – actually MAKE 2014 your year.
I’m always brainstorming about good ideas – you know the type – like why didn’t I think of that and become a zillionaire. I want to be someone like Carolyn who started Alex and Ani. You don’t have to be the first person with an idea – you don’t even always have to be the best – you just have to act on your desire. Running is like that. Marathons are like that. If you want to become a marathoner in 2014 just make it happen. Make 2014 the year you embrace your fear, give up on your excuses and find your strong. It’s in all of us
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